54% Of ‘Cash Only’ Women Have Missed Business Opportunities

By Soko Directory Team / Published September 24, 2021 | 10:41 am




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The World Bank sites Africa as home to 8 of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world, a market ripe with opportunity and enabled by women-owned businesses.




As the rate of women entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa continues to rise, Visa is expanding its global She’s Next initiative to empower women entrepreneurs on the continent, bringing practical insights and valuable tools needed to grow and advance their businesses.

The initiative comprises a series of programs giving women entrepreneurs access to insights via research and engagement with small businesses, private and public sector communities, and educational resources.

She’s Next, empowered by Visa, will also bring networking opportunities in partnership with She Leads Africa; a community of over 700 0000 women entrepreneurs, and lastly financial support and solutions to enable the digital capability.

To coincide with the launch, Visa has unveiled new research titled “Understanding Women-Owned SMEs”, which explores the role of technologies including digital payments in enabling the business success of female entrepreneurs in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.

The research highlights the top business challenges experienced by women entrepreneurs in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, the impact of Covid-19 on these businesses, and how digital payments have accelerated business growth in over 80 percent of the businesses surveyed.

“According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs in the world, with 26% starting and managing a business on the continent in the last year. We aim to encourage and enable even more participation of women in driving the economy, through our She’s Next initiative,” says Aida Diarra, Senior Vice President & Head of Sub-Saharan Africa at Visa.

The World Bank sites Africa as home to 8 of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world, a market ripe with opportunity and enabled by women-owned businesses. Key findings from the Visa survey include:

  • Top business challenges: Lack of technological infrastructure, economic fluctuations, and a regulatory environment were highlighted as the top business challenges for women entrepreneurs in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.
  • Covid-19’s impact on businesses: 7 out of 10 women-owned SMEs in SSA claim the pandemic has had a significant negative impact on their business revenue.
  • Digital payments accelerate business growth: The impact of introducing digital payments for businesses is positive, but the study shows room for improvement in adoption. 83% of respondents that did adopt digital payments experienced an improvement in revenue.
  • E-commerce: Over 50% of women-owned SMEs in Nigeria and Kenya have an eCommerce presence with a high likelihood of offering customers an option to pay online. At least 7 out of 10 women expect their customers’ use of eCommerce platforms to increase after the pandemic.

Supporting Growth of Small Businesses across the Globe

As one of the largest electronic payment networks in the world, Visa provides products, services, and programs that go beyond payment tools to deliver the value of Visa’s network by helping small businesses to be more competitive today and in the future.

So far, Visa has digitally enabled 16 million small and micro businesses (SMBs) worldwide, just over 30 percent of the multi-year goal it set in 2020 to digitize 50 million SMBs.

The Visa Foundation also announced $3,500,000 million in funding to organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa that support small and micro businesses (SMBs).





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